After a tense few months of waiting and a few updates Helping Hands for Nepal are beyond thrilled to have been granted Charity status. Charity status for Helping Hands means we will be able to help even more children in rural Nepal access and stay in education.
Nepal is still one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries, with around 10% of its approximately 30 million people living below the poverty line. Almost 80% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas, and three-quarters work in agriculture. A decade-long civil war from the mid-1990s and the devastating earthquake in 2015 have made it very challenging for communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Despite huge donations after the earthquake, a substantial number of medical facilities and schools are still not fit for purpose. As a consequence, Health and Education sectors are still drastically affected and will take many years to recover fully. Large charities such as Unicef have a presence in Nepal but much more help is needed.
It may sound impossible for a small and newly formed charitable organisation to make a difference in a large country like Nepal. But even before achieving charitable status Helping Hands had already made a difference, by joining an international project in 2015 and their very first group projects in 2022. We believe, with our ethos of fundraising through events and activities, and the generosity and understanding of our donors, we can make a positive impact on the lives of young people and their families in Nepal.